This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.You are my friends if you do what I command you.No longer do I call you servants, for the servantdoes not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.These things I command you, so that you will love one another.
(John 15.12–17 ESV)
Jesus loved with a sacrificial love – going all the way to offering up His life on the cross. Through His death we can experience eternal life. Now that we have been risen with Him, He instructs us to live to serve God. This involves serving others sacrificially. This type of service can been seen in a variety of relationships in life. Do you love your spouse with a sacrificial love? It’s not all about you in marriage. How far are you willing to go – to what extent are you willing to sacrifice for your children? What about those in the church? There are all kinds of ways to serve. Someone around you needs you to listen to them, help, encourage them, or give of your time. As you go about your day today, think of one person you can serve sacrificially. Look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others, Philippians 2.4.
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